Swap and W.I.P.

I am steadily working on finishing the W.I.P.s that are stored around the sewing room. Last time I showed you a 24″ baby quilt made with 4 blue and white blocks. Don’t know how it has happened, but I have more blue fabric to show you!


First the three F2F swap blocks for this month. All blocks are 12 inch square. These three blocks have arrived safely at Avis’s house in the UK. ( her blog: Oh Sew Tempting ) She requested bright blues and purples.


As I spied other swap participants working with some lighter blues than I had pulled, I included the lighter background fabric in the first block in the hope my darker blocks would blend with the others.


Block 2 is a test block for a new design I have in mind. It will be called ‘Chrystal’. Avis had asked for solid fabrics, batiks or small print. Many of fabrics are scraps I was given by another quilter. I love how I can use even the smallest bits.


This last block , also paper pieced as the other two, is also a test block for a new pattern. This will become ‘Take Flight’  which I hope to make available somewhere in the beginning of 2016.

This weekend I was also able to finally use a quilt top that I made in January 2014… Almost two years ago. Yikes, why does time go so fast?

Anyway, This top was backed with a piece of gifted navy blue fleece that matched and fitted perfectly. I did not free motion it but used a decorative stitch on my Janome 77o0.(stitch 19)  It is a wavy stitch and I made it as large and wide as my machine would let me. It went together pretty quickly.

Here is one of the original pictures showing , however blurry and yellowed, some of the fabrics I used. Amy Butler, Ty Pennington and some mystery scraps.


Bound with more Amy Butler.


And the dark navy on the back. Can you see the wavy stitch?


This last quit was gifted to somebody undergoing serious medical treatment. Weird thing is that back in 2014 when I put this top together, I had meant this to go to the same person (who was fine back then) … but I never got round to finishing it. I am glad I was able to give it now.

Lots of hugs,


P.s. Linking up with Let’s be Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.


16 thoughts on “Swap and W.I.P.

    • Hello Denise!
      Thank you! I love this block too? I am making another one with a different lay out. It turns out that the unit create so many different looks.
      See you soon!

  1. Great F2F blocks, lovely rich colours – let me know when you’re ready to start testing, I’ll be first in line! It’s amazing how good it feels to get old jobs finished and given, isn’t it?

    • Yes it was a real challenge. Even though I have lots of fabric, I did not have a lot of bright blue. I really did my best finding it at the quilt show in Maastricht. Most blues were more navy or light blues. Luckily I found at least one piece I could use.
      Can’t wait to see your blocks!

  2. Avis will be delighted I’m sure. They look as if they will blend perfectly with the others I’ve seen. I love the fleece backed quilt too and it will be lovely and cosy and a welcome gift for somebody who needs some comforting.

    • Goodevening Lynn!
      Yes Avis was really happy with them. I so enjoy putting the block together. It has rekindled my love for designing blocks. I am so happy with that!

  3. I love your two test blocks!! Can’t wait for the patterns to become available. I follow you via bloglovin and on craftsy so hopefully I won’t miss them.

    • Hello Kathleen!
      Thank you for your kind words. The testers are already hard at work for the Venice block. I hope to be able to release it before Christmas. The other pattern ‘Take flight’ will be written during the Christmas holiday. I hope that that one will be available around the end of January.
      Have a lovely day!

  4. I just love the “crystal” pattern; it somehow makes me think of “mobiles”, but cannot remember the names of several artiss.
    Will look that up and get back to you.

    • Yes is does like a mobile. Do you mean the artist Alexander Calder? He has all kind of lovely organic shapes that float on these long pieces of metal wire. Love his work.

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